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Published:Friday | November 22, 2019 | 12:32 AM

BVI to provide emergency flights for visitors ahead of hurricanes

TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands (CMC):

The government of the British Virgin Islands says plans will soon be implemented to provide emergency airlifts for visitors if a hurricane is approaching the British overseas territory.

Premier Andrew Fahie said that the intent is to support increased arrivals into the territory.

“The fact that we are vulnerable to hurricanes has been identified as one of the reasons some potential visitors are sceptical to travel to the BVI at certain times of the year, which creates an off-season,” he said. “ ... If we can assure our visitors that they will be guaranteed airlift capacity and an opportunity to get to safety, they will be more likely to visit our shores.”

In pointing to regional statistics, Fahie said other Caribbean destinations are also implementing innovative ways to encourage tourist arrivals to their shores.

J'can held in Antigua on multiple drug charges

ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):

A 36-year-old Jamaican man has been held on multiple drug charges following a drug operation in Antigua earlier this month.

The police report that Damien George Wilson was remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison on Tuesday after being found in possession of 10 pounds of cannabis.

The police attached to the narcotics division say they found the compressed furs hidden inside a bedroom when they searched premises occupied by Wilson.

The substance was seized and Wilson was later charged with possession of cannabis, possession with intent to transfer and being concerned in the supplying of cannabis.

In 2017, Wilson was classified as persona non grata by the state and a deportation order was then made, listing him as an “undesirable resident”. However, that order was challenged by attorney.

Grenadans receive grants to construct toilets and bathrooms

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC):

The Grenada government will be embarking on a project that will give grants to thousands of persons currently using pit latrines to enable them to construct bathrooms and toilets with potable water.

“Inside bathrooms are basic human rights, Delma Thomas, minister for social development and housing, said in the budget debate currently taking place. " ... We are seeing a significant shift from pit latrines to toilets and bathrooms. It is a health hazard and we must get rid of health hazards in our communities.”

She indicated that there will be challenges to implementing the projects for some homeowners because there will be issues with land ownership for erecting these concrete structures.

The plan is to install 10,000 toilets and bathrooms throughout the island.